24 March 2024
mar 24 2020 covid data

The Trump administration has asked anyone who has recently left the NYC area to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to sign an order requiring self-isolation for anyone who flew to Florida from the New York area in the past three weeks.

It’s day 62 since the first case of coronavirus disease was announced in the United States. Johns Hopkins reports 417 deaths, an increase of 22.6 percent from Saturday. State departments of health report 32,505 identified cases, an increase of 35.2 percent. The number of coronavirus cases in the US is doubling every 2-3 days.

This week, TED is holding a series of conversations, TED Connects: Community and Hope. Highlights from the Bill Gates session follow:

The U.S. is past this opportunity to control (COVID-19) without shutdown. We did not act fast enough to have an ability to avoid the shutdown.

“It’s January when everybody should’ve been on notice,” Gates added. The virus was first discovered in December in China…

Gates acknowledged Tuesday that self isolation will be “disastrous” for the economy, but “there really is no middle ground.” He suggested a shutdown of six to 10 weeks.

In contrast, President Trump wants to open up as soon as three weeks.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants the U.S. economy to “open” back up by Easter Sunday, despite expert warnings about the deadly threat of the coronavirus.Easter is April 12, less than three weeks away…

“We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We don’t turn the country off,” Trump said.

At an earlier House Committee meeting, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pointed out that the influenza mortality rate is 1-in-1,000 (0.1%). Covid-19 “has a mortality rate of 10 times that,” he said. “We have to stay ahead of the game in preventing this.” NPR summarized the differences thusly:

NPR story

 

 

Misinformation comes from Canada today

A video shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter features a British waitress lying in a hospital bed. The woman is using people to stay home to avoid ending up seriously with the coronavirus like her. The video does not identify the woman but posters claim she is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife. However, the woman in the video is not Sophie Trudeau.

disinformation tweet

 

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24March2020-COVID-19-News-KathyEGill

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